Blog 2016-10-17T20:45:08+00:00

WIP Wednesday

So last weekend I went to my first retreat. I went with the Minneapolis Contemporary Quilters (MCQ) to Camp Wapo in Wisconsin. There were just the three of us from our guild tagging along with MCQ this time, but I [...]

Free Quilt Pattern Friday! Ring of hearts

Today's pattern I called "Ring of hearts". It works up to 60" square if made as shown, so a nice throw size. You can reduce this into a crib quilt by changing the block size.I picked another Design Seeds palette [...]

WIP Wednesday

Well, I have a finish this week. Yay! I finally finished my Tula Pink Squirrel Dahlia. The weather has been terrible for months, and of course I finish today when we had a tiny bit of sun yesterday. I will [...]

Free Quilt Pattern Friday! Stargazer

This week's quilt I called Stargazer, after the flower in the palette I chose. It works up to 45" x 54" as illustrated.I am back to a Design Seeds palette this week.So, just two simple blocks, yet again, this week. [...]

Teaching my kids to sew by machine

So, even though I really enjoy sewing and I really want my kids to sew, I had yet to teach them to sew a single stitch by machine. I tried a couple of times to show them hand sewing, but [...]

Free Quilt Pattern Friday! Hugs and kisses

So this week's quilt I named "Hugs and kisses", for obvious reasons. It works up at a nice toddler/throw size 50' x 60" as shown here, but is easily made larger or smaller.It has been a very, very busy week [...]

WIP Wednesday

I did actually get some sewing done this week, finally. I was focusing on just two projects because I am trying to finish at least one (hopefully both) to enter into the MN Quilter's show. They are due April 19th, [...]

Goodwill Outlet for quilters

Many of you are probably familiar with Goodwill's regular thrift stores, and might be wondering, what is a Goodwill Outlet, and why should I shop there?Goodwill Outlet is essentially the last stop for things in the Goodwill chain before they [...]

Free Quilt Pattern Friday! Daisy chain

This week I am struck by a lack of naming creativity and am calling my quilt "Daisy Chain".It works up at a nice toddler 40" x 50" as shown here, but easily scales larger or smaller just by adding or [...]

WIP Wednesday

Pretty sad this week. I touched neither my sewing machine or my fabric. I was very sick for a few days, and then I think I have the end of winter blahs which makes me not want to do anything. [...]

Free Quilt Pattern Friday! Mossy and Daisy spools

This week's quilt I named "Mossy". The layout below would be small throw size, or toddler sized—50 inches square. If you decide to make it bigger, it would probably look best with an odd number of blocks for rows and [...]

WIP Wednesday

Well, I went on an in-town retreat last weekend with MN Quilters. Lots of fun! I got around 20 hours of sewing done, which is great because that is the only sewing I have done in about three weeks now. [...]

Free Quilt Pattern Friday! Starlet

So, this week's quilt I named "Starlet". It kind of reminds me of those black and white photos that have a bit of color added to them. If made up in the sizes described below, the quilt will be 42" [...]

Free Quilt Pattern Friday! Cactus Flower

This week's quilt I named "Cactus Flower". It has been an unpleasant winter here in Minnesota, and I am very much looking forward to spring! The layout below would be throw size—60 inches square.I really like how this turned out. I [...]

WIP Wednesday

I thought it would be nice to have a list of my WIPs (works in progress) and NESYs (not even started yet).I haven't touched my machine in over a week. I wish I had the motivation to work! My sewing [...]

Pineapple quilt–paper pieced quilt with a rainbow gradation

I finished this quilt I named "Pineapple" in November. I designed this paper-pieced block earlier this year for the QuiltCon block challenge. The block alone was pretty plain, but when joined together and colored like this looked so much different! [...]

Boston Roads car play mat / quilt

In 2011, I made a play mat for my kids to drive their cars on and play with.This was kind of complicated, and I am happy that I won't have to do it again. I first took a screen shot [...]

Half Asterisk quilt

In about March I finished this quilt. It is 56 x 56" after washing. I think this was my fourth quilt that I designed completely myself, and my first paper-pieced quilt ever, my design or otherwise.All of the "stripes" are actually [...]

Let’s try this again.

Below is my submission for the QuiltCon block challenge. I entered the one on the left, and the one on the right will be pieced together into a charity quilt, along with others in the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild. Johanna [...]